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Black Friday 2012: Get Ready to Shop

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Black Friday takes place on the day immediately after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Serious shoppers and retailers consider this day to be the unofficial start to Christmas trading; many stores open their doors as early as 4am. The day is famous across the USA because of the amazing special offers available in stores all over the country. The chaos in the shopping malls and department stores is very similar to the mad scramble for bargains in the Boxing Days sales in Britain.

Black FridayImage: Eliyah

Contrary to popular international opinion, Black Friday is not a public holiday in the United States. However, many employers accept the significance of the day and, they allow their employees time off in order to take advantage of some of the incredible savings on offer. Official statistics in the USA have shown Black Friday to be the single busiest shopping day of the year; although anecdotal evidence suggests that the day has been the busiest shopping period for much longer.

The term originated in Philadelphia where the sudden surge in pedestrians and traffic in the city would lead to chaos on an annual basis. The term quickly caught on, and it is now used across the country. Shoppers need to prepare themselves by creating a shopping schedule for the day. In recent years, some of the largest department stores have opened at midnight. Unfortunately, many of the bargains are gone when the majority of shoppers arrive. Many people choose to camp outside the biggest stores in anticipation of such an early start to the sales.

Shoppers who are brave enough to look for bargains on Black Friday should ensure that they have done a little research beforehand. Many of the largest stores will communicate their best offers on websites. Consumers should plan their day by visiting each store as it opens. Travelling by car and parking can be a major problem when the day finally arrives. It is a good idea to take a cab into the shopping districts or to use public transport. Thanksgiving is just around the corner; bargain-hunters should prepare themselves to ensure Black Friday is a successful shopping experience.

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